Carlson shines at final meet of regular season


The Florida State University swimming and diving teams picked up three wins in front of a packed crowd on Senior Day at the Morcom Aquatics Center back on Jan. 25.

The Seminoles won all but two events on the day as the 25th-ranked women defeated Miami 230-64 and Florida Atlantic 234-62 in order to finish the season with a 7-5 record (2-2 ACC). The 15th-ranked men defeated the Owls 247-53 for an overall record of 6-3 (2-1 ACC).

Part of those triumphs was senior Molly Carlson, who was originally from Fort Frances.

Carlson led the Noles in diving, winning the 3-metre with a total of 332.80 ahead of her classmate Ayla Bonniwell (316.00), who took second. Carlson then wound up second on the 1-metre with a tally of 298.15 and Bonniwell was third at 290.75.

“Overall, today was a great day,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said in a press release.

“It was a fantastic celebration of our seniors. They swam well, some of them won events in front of their friends and family and it was a really great atmosphere.

“Today we wanted to focus on fine-tuning some things before we enter the post-season,” he added. “I think we had a great meet and now we’ll shift gears and start training for championships season.”

The Seminoles next are in action at the Auburn Invite, which is slated for Feb. 7-9.